Author: Katy Boom

Katy has led the development of wide ranging sustainability initiatives at the University of Worcester in her role as director of sustainability. Her work focuses on the campus, working in the community and embedding sustainability in the curriculum. Overseeing the development of students as partners on major sustainability change programs and building sustainability skills with students and student volunteers Katy’s work has won a number of national and international awards. Katy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the EAUC. Katy represents the University on Worcestershire's Local Nature Partnership and Worcestershire Climate Change Strategy Group and is a member of the SuLiTest UK Steering Group. Katy's research interests include frameworks for measuring sustainability culture in Higher Education, managing energy in student rented homes, an online magazine for students, academics and practitioners to engage students in sustainable development and developing bike share schemes.

Heating Decision Making in Student Housing: influences and future options

Despite the efforts of landlords, local authorities and government, houses in multiple occupation (HMO) are often perceived as cold, and sometimes damp, with the tenants spending disproportionately large sums on energy. A 2018 report by the National Union of Students on students’ experiences nationally found that: “49% of students described their HMOs as drafty and cold as a result of… Read more →

Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019 – University of Worcester inaugural participant

In April 2019 the  Times Higher Education launched the inaugural University Impact Rankings, a pioneering new initiative to recognise universities across the world for their social and economic impact, based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They had a high level of interest, with over 560 institutions participating and 466 ranked in the overall rankings.  The University of Worcester was… Read more →

Energize Worcester – examining heating behaviours in student houses

Examining heating behaviours in off-campus student houses in multiple occupation This is the seventh iteration of the Energize Project, which in the past has addressed the relationship between tenants and landlords, the role that technology plays in five specific student houses of multiple occupation (HMOs), and how tenants’ habits and perceptions shape their energy consumption. This particular iteration was exciting because we were given… Read more →

Bike Sharing in Worcester

Woo Bikes The University of Worcester’s bike share, Woo Bikes, is looking to get staff and students to travel more sustainably. It offers both traditional pedal bicycles and electric pedal assist e-bikes to users. Woo Bikes has also been looking into getting some of their e-bikes to local businesses so that employees can use them on business trips. A Have… Read more →

Are students learning about sustainability at your university – benchmark them to find out.

Designing a benchmarking tool This post explains the development of a semi-automated benchmark tool to review how embedded sustainability is into university research and the undergraduate curriculum.  It also maps it to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s, a collection of 17 goals to make the world more sustainable. Undertaken by students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts… Read more →

Go Green Week in Worcester April 2019

Helping residents and visitors to learn simple ways to live more sustainably the University of Worcester and Worcester City Council held a city-wide Go Green Week. Focussing on promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations through a variety of events and activities. Heralded a success and promoting the 10 simple Golden Rules about living sustainably. The week… Read more →